Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Who Done It

OK, I've heard lots of rumors. The most prevalent one is Herman, Marcason, Ford and Jolly are all running for Mayor. 3 years out?? Isn't that a little early? Whoever sent this out had some bucks.


Anonymous said...

Clearly, it was from someone wanting to attack the current council members that are rummored to be running for mayor. The production values indicate someone spent pretty serious money on their effort. Also, the reference to a "campaign slogan" by Funk indicates once again the campaign related focus of this piece. My suspects? Supporters of either Reiderer or Sly James.

mainstream said...

The piece was obviously done with savvy, but not with a lot of money, unless they mailed it out to a significant amount of people. From the scanned copies I've seen they're mailing it first class, but we don't know the scope of the mailing.

Reiderer and Sly may make some sense, but we can be certain that the Pats and Nutter had nothing to do with it.

Hmmmm. But maybe there is a non-Pat, "Gray" connection here. The world of politics is neither black nor white, but many shades of Gray....


mainstream said...

Note typos and grammar issues in the piece.

The Ford and Jolly box has "...approved the slashing the Police Department budget..."

Capitalization is incorrect in the first sentence on the left - including salary, free, tickets, city.

Anonymous said...

"Chief's" and "Royal's" are also typos. This aggravates me to no end. If you pay people good money to produce something like this, they should get it right.

Richard Speck said...

Reiderer was "hit" by an anonymous attack postcard in the mayoral primary which I always believed had Joe Miller's finger prints all over it. That piece targeted Reiderer's hired gun Doug Gray. Reiderer never recovered from that attack and ended up third. Tit for Tat?

mainstream said...

I don't think Reiderer suffered from that attack piece. I think he suffered from (1) the fact that Brooks and Funk campaigns captured and held their traction in the face of (2) his second problem, which was his campaign positioning that was just downright weird - fighting and prosecuting corruption where ever he could find it. Canned photos of him in front of clearly canned juries which were almost laughable.

Reiderer came in third due to his TV campaign, and despite its flaws, a well-executed direct mail campaign.

Al was the reason why Funk won by 908 votes - Reiderer got SW corridor and northland votes that would have otherwise been destined for Funk.

Reiderer, by the the virtue of his weird and misdirected campaign position, made a ceiling for himself, that could only marginally be increased with more money. But he couldn't have won with Funk's clearly differentiated and focused campaign message, and Brook's lock on the east side and fuzzy appeal/antifunk sentiment in the SW corridor.

Remembers Blackwood said...

If Doug "can't win an election" Gray had anything to do with it the postcard, the hogs would be cleaned, heavily made-up, airbrushed, and probably played by actor-Hogs from back East. Otherwise known as "Grayscale."

It would probably be best to look where you do not expect to find the perpetrator, like Calvin Williford. Calvin broke with his boss Mike Sanders and worked for Al Brooks. Calvin also has a reputation for, shall we say, creative campaign fund-raising and spending, which would come in handy here. He was behind a very similar piece that went out against Scott Burnett in 2006. I think Calvin is off the reservation again.

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